Aberfeldy to Pitlochry

The last day’s walk from Aberfeldy to Pitlochry is 11 miles (17km) and should take between 4 and 5 hours to complete. The route takes you through some hill and riverside paths, through woodland and along old railway tracks. In wet weather it will be boggy in places. There are walks by the River Tay, beautiful views over Strath Tay and a pleasant walk through the Fonab Forest.

The walk begins by following the main A827 road out of Aberfeldy towards Pitlochry and then follow the sign for Grandtully. This path takes you down to the River Tay. In spring the wildflowers, such as primroses and bluebells make the riverbank particularly attractive.

Passing through two gates and across a bridge the path then comes away from the river and into the woodland along the old Ballinluig to Aberfeldy railway line and you will eventually come to the old station car park, which is now a campsite. Turn left here and head towards Grantully on the minor road until you reach the A827. From here turn right and cross the river Tay over Tay Bridge, which is also known as Generals Wade’s Bridge, it was constructed in 1733 after the Jacobite uprising and the year before Rob Roy died.

From here you will soon come to the Path of Pitlochry and you will begin to climb above the golf course, the Tullypowrie Burn will be on your right. As you continue to climb through the countryside, you will get a view of Strath Tay behind you.

Head into the Fontnab forest and you will see a sign for Pitlochry and keep straight ahead, even when the track turns to the left and you will reach an ancient stone circle on your left. Carry on until the crossroads and then take the grass track ahead of you, which begins the downhill walk towards the Tummel valley through some more woodland and you can see Pithlochry through the trees.

The final section of the walk takes you across the River Tummel Suspension Bridge, which was built in 1913 and from there follow the signposts into the town centre.

Pitlochry is on the River Tummel and is used by many visitors as a stop off point, before heading into the highlands. Visit the Salmon Ladder at Pitlochry Dam, The Explorers Garden and the Scotland’s smallest whisky distillery. The town has plenty of accommodation and there are also a number of campsites in the countryside near to the town.